In the spotlight

Noelle Dannenbring

Noelle started piano and ballet at an early age and has been active in the performing arts for much of her life. The former Sir Edmund Hillary scholar recently completed her Master’s degree in Music, majoring in piano performance, under Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato after having done her Bachelors of Music (Honours)… Continue Reading

Matthias Balzat

Matthias started learning the cello at the age of 3 and is the youngest of 7 children. Being surrounded by musical siblings, he has had a variety of performance experiences from a very young age, both as soloist and as part of the family ensemble. He has been part of several overseas tours with the… Continue Reading

Simon O’Neill

Regarded as one of the finest heldentenors of his generation, Simon O’Neill’s career has led him to the worlds great opera houses and concert halls. His performances as Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Sir Antonio Pappano, Teatro alla Scala and Berlin Staatsoper with Daniel Barenboim, at the Metropolitan… Continue Reading

Holly Mathieson

Holly Mathieson

Meet Holly Mathieson – Guest Conductor for September “Connections” Concert New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is based in the UK, with a growing portfolio of work in opera houses and on the concert platform.  In the forthcoming season she will take up the post of Assistant Conductor at the RSNO (2016-18), continues her role as Resident… Continue Reading

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall is widely recognised as one of the foremost young violinists to emerge from New Zealand, having received widespread acclaim for her ability to move audiences with her inherent musicality and natural facility. Her numerous competition successes include laureate prizes at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, the International Violin Competition “Premio… Continue Reading

Edward King

Edward King

Berlin-based New Zealander Edward King began to play the cello at the age of three, and is now a graduate of the University of Waikato, the Leopold Mozart Center (Augsburg), and the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he studied under James Tennant, Julius Berger, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt respectively. Regularly invited to perform… Continue Reading

Yoshiko Tsuruta

Starting at the age of 9, Yoshiko Tsuruta learned Marimba privately from Yukiko Sano in Japan. After relocating to New Zealand in 2004, she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington in music performance in 2010, having studied under Bruce McKinnon, Laurence Reese, Bud Jones and Jeremy Fitzsimons. She moved to Austria… Continue Reading

Diedre Irons

Diedre Irons performs with Opus Orchestra in their July concert, 18th Century Unwrapped. Read here about her debut as a concert soloist, as well as her career as both a teacher and performer worldwide. Continue Reading

Andrew Beer

Andrew Beer

Tust Waikato Symphony welcomes APO concert master Andrew Beer, for his first solo performance in Hamilton. Performing the much loved Mendelssohn violin concerto, click here to find out about his career and instrument. Continue Reading

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Matthias Balzat

Meet the Player Reps

Each Orchestra also has a ‘player rep’ who carries and co-ordinates information between the Musical Director, Arts Administrators, and Orchestra members.

More about Anne-Marie Simpson – Player Rep, Rusty Players

More about Jody Thomas – Player Rep, TWSO

More about Catherine Polglase – Co-ordinator, YOW

Opus Orchestra has a team of Player Reps – contact us for details.